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Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy in action against Ronan Hayes of Dublin during the Leinster Hurling Senior Championship

Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy in action against Ronan Hayes of Dublin during the Leinster Hurling Senior Championship

Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy in action against Ronan Hayes of Dublin during the Leinster Hurling Senior Championship

CORK and Dublin will meet in the first round of the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers next Saturday after the two were paired in this morning’s draw.

The Rebels were beaten in Munster on Saturday afternoon by Waterford on a scoreline of 1-28 to 1-24 in Thurles, while at the same time in Croke Park, Dublin staged an extraordinary comeback against Kilkenny, overhauling a 16 point deficit, before losing by a point.

It will be the first time the counties have met in the Championship since 2016, when Ger Cunningham managed Dublin to a three-point defeat to his native county in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Prior to that, their last Championship clash was the barnstorming 2013 All-Ireland semi-final.

Then, Anthony Daly’s team were Leinster champions but lost by 1-24 to 1-19 following Ryan O’Dwyer’s controversial second-half sending off. The venue for Saturday's clash has yet to be confirmed.

The other round one qualifier pits the respective Leinster and Munster quarter-final losers, Clare and Laois, against each other, also next Saturday.

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Cork were dumped out of Munster by Waterford

Cork were dumped out of Munster by Waterford

Cork were dumped out of Munster by Waterford

It means that All-Ireland champions Tipperary and dethroned Leinster holders Wexford, both of whom also lost over the weekend, now have a two-week break before playing against the winners of the first round ties.

Meanwhile, GAA President John Horan has confirmed that Croke Park will only postpone a match due to a Covid-19 case or outbreak at the All-Ireland semi-final or final stages.

Speaking on Morning Ireland, where he conducted the qualifier hurling draw, Horan said “it wouldn’t be our decision” whether a player had to withdraw from a match due to being a close contact of a positive case, rather a decision for the health authorities.

He added, however, that the GAA would only consider postponing a match in the very latest stages of the football and hurling competitions.

The GAA President also revealed that there had been no further contact with the GPA over player safety since the introduction of a screening programme.

Horan also took the opportunity to “thank all those involved in running the inter-county teams,” noting the “huge challenge” to everyone involved.

He noted how the “impact the Championship has been having on society is huge” as the football and hurling competitions roll into their third week.


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Round 1: Dublin v Cork, Laois v Clare


Round 2: Tipperary v Dublin/Cork/Laois/Clare.

Wexford v Dublin/Cork/Laois/Clare.

Venues will be confirmed by the CCCC later today

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